AFA partners Lagos to train youths in filmmaking

The Africa Film Academy (AFA) has partnered with the Lagos State government for the second edition of the ‘Film in a Box’ initiative aimed at training youths in filmmaking.

In a statement, Habib Sheidu, the training and strategy associate with the AFA, said ‘Film in a Box’ is a capacity-building framework that equips individuals with the requisite skill sets in the creative industry space.

He added that the training will cover acting, directing, production, set design, costume design, props management, film and TV makeup, scriptwriting, editing, cinematography, and sound production.

Also speaking, Ekpenyong Bassey-Inyang, the ace actor and director of studies at the AFA, said the training program is important for the growth and advancement of the industry.

“We saw drastic positive behavioural improvements in our students during the last edition, so it also helps in building young leaders,” Ekpenyong said.

Film in a Box’ was created to empower young filmmakers by providing training and mentorship to foster the growth of the creative industry in Lagos.

The first edition was held in July 2022. It churned out 890 young creatives who have since integrated into mainstream Nollywood.

This year’s programme seeks to provide free training for youths in Epe, Badagry, Ikeja, Ikorodu, and Lagos Island.

To be considered for the programme, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Reside in Lagos state
  • Possess a LASSRA card
  • Have the willingness to learn
  • Be aged between 16 and 35 years

The application for the class of 2023 program is now open and will run from April to July 2023. The deadline for applications in Epe is March 31.

Interested participants can apply here.

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